Nigerian lesbian partners who both reside in the United States of America, Dr. Elizabeth and Krystle Ekpo, got married in the U.S., last weekend in the presence of their friends and well-wishers.
The wedding took place in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
A sister to one of the newly married, Chanda Anderson, shared multiple wedding photos on her Facebook page on Tuesday, May 16.
One of the photos was captioned “Nigerian Queens.”
In her post, she wished her younger sister, Krystle, a happy married life with the love of her life, Dr. Elizabeth, while wishing them happiness and joy forever, she stated how delighted she was to have gained a new sister.
This is an event that could never happen in Nigeria under the current laws.
Recall that Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill in 2014 that criminalizes same-sex relationships. Jonathan signed this bill despite western pressure over gay rights and provoked US criticism.
The 2014 bill, spells out penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage, same-sex “amorous relationships” and membership of gay rights groups. The bill was passed by the National Assembly initially in May 2013, but Jonathan had delayed signing it into law until January 2014.
Despite the backlash and criticism by the developed countries, Nigerian lawmakers are not giving up soon on the fight against the LGBT community as they recently amended the same sex marriage-prohibition Act (2013), by inserting a new sub-clause (4), which states that a person who engages in cross-dressing is guilty of an offense and liable to imprisonment for 6 months or to a ﬁne of N500,000.
This particular clause has caused rancour on social media as Nigeria has some very popular cross dressers with thousands of followers online. One of the most popular cross dresser, Bob Risky, can still be seen openly defying the law while cross dressing in public.